We are going to shy away from using the word “canceled” here when it comes to this story, mostly because we don’t necessarily feel like this is what the end of “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” is. It was a story originally planned to air for one season, so it cannot be seen as a surprise when it ends after a season.
ABC confirmed today that next week’s finale for the show is in fact a series finale, and there will be no season 2 ordered. The only reason that the “canceled” word could be thrown around at all here is because the producers did say at one point that they could create another story if the show was successful enough, but it was meant to always be something that had a definite beginning, middle, and end.
While there were some problems with this spin-off show, including the overuse of green screen and some lackluster characters, the biggest culprit here is the network themselves. This show never should’ve been forced against “The Big Bang Theory” in that Thursday night spot on death. It should have instead been a miniseries that ran in the winter months while the flagship show was on hiatus, and kept the programming on all around the year. It was too much to ask all “Once Upon a Time” fans to commit to two nights a week, especially with a bad timeslot thrown in there, as well.
It’s sad to see this idea go the way of the dodo, since we really feel like this could have been a great way to farm out stories for some other characters from different worlds. Think about a “Once Upon a Time in Oz” or a “Once Upon a Time in Atlantica,” and how cool they could have been.
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